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Ten Scientific Papers

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Listed below are full citations to ten papers selected for their topical and chronological range, listed from most recent to oldest.  Following normal internet protocol, I post only the first page.  For a full text, refer to the published source or email me for a PDF file.   Each link is followed by an italicized comment and the full citation.   For all others, link to Curriculum Vitae.

2014 – Alluvial Archaeology:  A stratigraphic model for postglacial archaeology in the Connecticut River Valley.  Thorson, Robert M., Daniel Forrest, and Brian Jones, 2014, Hydraulic back-flood model for the archaeological stratigraphy of the Connecticut River Alluvial Lowland, central Connecticut, USA.  Quaternary International, v. 342, August 2014, Pages 173-185 (DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2014.03.026).

2012 –  Flint Taphonomy:  My recent journal articles involve collaboration with graduate students.  This one concerns the chemical alteration of flint artifacts.   Glauberman, Philip J., and Thorson, R. M., 2012, Flint Patina as an Aspect of “Flaked Stone Taphonomy”: A Case Study from the Loess Terrain of the Netherlands and Belgium. Journal of Taphonomy, v. 10, issue 1, p. 21-43.

2010 –  River Discontinuum: River channel morphology is not as simple as we assume. Beavers play a critical role.  Burchsted, Denise, Daniels, Melinda, Thorson, Robert, and Vokoun, Jason, 2010, The River Discontinuum: Applying Beaver Modifications to Baseline Conditions for Restoration of Forested Headwaters. Bioscience, December 2010, v. 60, No. 11, p. 908-922.

2008 –   Nogohabara Site:  The geological processes associated with the formation of archaeological sites has long interested me. This work involves my helping Alaskan colleagues. Holmes, Charles E., Ben A. Potter, Joshua D. Reuther, Owen K. Mason, Robert M. Thorson, and Peter M. Bowers., 2008.  “Geological and Cultural Context of the Nogahabara I Site,” American Antiquity 73 (4), 781-790.

2000 –  Glacial Tectonics:  This invited review sums up a decade worth of ideas involving the link between glaciers and tectonism. Thorson, R.M., 2000, “Glacial Tectonics. A Deeper Perspective,” Quaternary Science Reviews, V. 13-14, p. 1391-1398.  .

1999 –   Biogorafia de Darwin:  My only paper published in Spanish resulted from my visit to La Isla de Chiloe, where the young Darwin was seriously perplexed by the contrast in vegetation on either side of the glacial limit.  Thorson, R.M., 1999, “El limite glacial in Sudamerica y su papel en Biografia; Observaciones de Darwin,” Ciencia al Dia Internacional (an internet journal), No. 4, Vol II, Dec. 1999.

1998 –    Colonial Wetlands:  New England’s wetlands are hardly pristine, as this exhaustive case study shows.  Thorson, Robert M., Andrew. G. Harris, Sandra. L. Harris, Robert Gradie III, and Michael W. Lefor, “Colonial Impacts to Wetlands in Lebanon, Connecticut,” in Welby, C.W., and Gowan, M. E., Eds. A Paradox of Power: Voices of Warning and Reason in the Geosciences: Boulder, CO: Geological Society of America Reviews in Engineering Geology vs. XII, 1998), p. 23-42.

1995 –  Deglacial Eolian Regimes:  Dune sedimentology, lacustrine spit orientation, and ventifact distribution verifies thepresence of a strong anticyclonic circulation during deglaciation.   Thorson, R.M. and C.A. Schile, 1994, “Deglacial Eolain Regimes in New England,” Geological Society of America Bulletin, 107:  751-761.

1991 –  Edwin Way Teale’s “Wilderness”:  Connecticut’s most illustrious 20th century naturalist, Edwin Way Teale, was self-deluded about his own backyard landscape.  Thorson, R.M. and S.L. Harris, 1991,  “How “Natural are Inland Wetlands? An Example from the Trail Wood Audubon Sanctuary in Connecticut, USA.” Environmental Management, 15: 675-687.

1977 – Dry Creek Site:  The geology of one of Alaska’s most important archaeological sitesis described.  Thorson, R.M. and Hamilton, T.D., 1977, “Geology of the Dry Creek Site; a Stratified Early Man Site in Interior Alaska,” Quaternary Research, 7, 149-176.